Regular cleaning of play equipment and other structures will keep it look its best, and help it to last for years to come. Corrosion of metals can be prevented by regular cleaning. This cleaning also provides an opportunity to survey metal surfaces for any damage, and make a note of anything that needs to be repainted or powder coated.
Stone and concrete surfaces can be power washed to prevent build-up of grime and algae. Leaves, dirt, and other loose materials such as sand may collect on structures, and should be regularly swept off.
A deep cleaning can be done during the summer months when school is not in session.
Renewing and Repairing
Over time, painted metal surfaces will start to fade and chip. When this occurs, repainting can restore the equipment to its former glory. To prep for repainting, use a wire brush to clean off dirt and loose, flaking paint. For wood surfaces, you will want to prepare the surface by giving it a good sanding.
Using a high gloss paint or coating will help to deter the buildup of dirt and grime.
It is critical that structures are regularly inspected for any hazards, such as: projecting nails and screws, and warping or rotting boards. As these pose a threat to safety, if any of these defects are discovered, access to the structure or equipment should be immediately prevented by cordoning off. The repair should occur as quickly as possible.